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Corwin Carr is a senior associate in the firm’s Compensation & Employment Group.

Corwin has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and representing companies in labor and employment disputes before administrative agencies and in federal court. Corwin secured a jury and bench verdict in favor of a major US city in a federal court case alleging race and political affiliation discrimination. In addition to trial work, Corwin has represented companies and institutions in arbitration and mediation.

In one of the first district court cases addressing the “ministerial exception” after the Supreme Court’s 2020 ruling in Our Lady of Guadalupe v. Morrissey-Berru, Corwin successfully won summary judgment in the employer’s favor on a terminated employee’s claim of pregnancy discrimination. Corwin also has experience defending employers against wage-and-hour claims, including securing summary judgment and a Circuit Court affirmance in an employer’s favor in a case alleging misclassification and unpaid overtime under the FLSA.

Corwin has also represented employers in sex discrimination and whistleblower retaliation claims in federal court, sex and race discrimination claims brought before state administrative agencies, and in agency investigations of employers’ compliance with employee scheduling and leave laws. Corwin has also represented employers filing suit against former employees for breach of non-compete and non-solicitation restrictive covenants and for misappropriation of trade secrets.

Corwin also works with employers to conduct internal investigations into all manner of employment issues, and has a robust advice and counsel practice focused on providing business-oriented solutions to employer’s legal challenges. Corwin has advised companies on employee safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, employee privacy and data privacy issues, wage payment and deduction matters, paid and unpaid leaves, WARN Act compliance, and harassment and discrimination. Corwin also regularly works with clients to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with a variety of evolving federal, state, and local employment laws.

In addition, Corwin also has an extensive environmental practice providing support to BFKN’s transactional teams. Corwin conducts and assesses due diligence to identify potential environmental liabilities, works with clients to develop practical business strategies for responding to potential issues, and drafts and negotiates transactional documents to appropriately allocate legal risks.

Prior to joining BFKN, Corwin was a senior associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and a member of its Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice.

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Education

University of Michigan School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2014

Boston College, B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2004

Bowling Green State University, M.A., Philosophy, 2008

New School University, M.A., Philosophy, 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
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